The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the nation’s largest patient-run organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder, has honored Amy M. Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.P.H., with its prestigious Klerman Young Investigator Award. Named after Gerald L. Klerman, M.D., a pivotal figure in psychiatry, this award is one of the highest honors that DBSA extends to members of the scientific community. Presented annually, they recognize researchers whose work contributes to understanding the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder.
Dr. Kilbourne is an associate professor of psychiatry and serves as Associate Director of the VA Ann Arbor National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center (SMITREC), Center for Clinical Management Research. She is also a Core Faculty member of the Depression Center. Her research focuses on improving medical and psychiatric outcomes for persons with mood disorders through integrated care models. To that end, she has proposed and implemented novel psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder that combine best practices in care management and behavioral medicine that have been widely published and presented in national and international venues. Currently, she serves as principal investigator on several NIH and VA grants and has over 120 publications. Dr. Kilbourne received her masters and doctoral degrees in epidemiology and health services from the University of California, Los Angeles.